Road testing technologies of the future
ESA is offering industry the opportunity to use a van fully equipped to demonstrate the next generation of advanced mobile multimedia equipment and applications.
The van can be used as a standard test platform. It offers the user ample space, electrical and computing power as well as a comfortable working environment. Over the past few months, the Joanneum Research institute, under contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), has developed an advanced mobile multimedia platform based on a commercial van. The van will allow experiments and public demonstration of advanced mobile services.
The passenger compartment is equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment, the van contains a Dolby surround audio system, a DVD player, a car navigation system, a radio, a video recorder and a TV receiver. Each passenger seat is equipped with its own monitor, webcam, keyboard and head set. Four industrial PCs are interconnected via a 100 MBit LAN network.
The van also acts as a mobile access point for wireless LAN applications with data rates of up to 11 Mb/s. Complementing the computing facilities are 4 DVD drives, a DVD writer, a scanner and an inkjet printer. In addition, the van is equipped with a state of the art EGNOS receiver for navigation, a magnetometer/inclinometer for determining the car orientation and inclination and a turnable satellite array antenna for high speed data transfer via a satellite link. As a low speed backup for the satellite link the installed GPRS capable mobile phone can be used for video conferences using the cars PC network.